Monday, March 19, 2012

Four cards for today .....

I have three CAS (clean and simple) cards to share with you today (plus a bonus card by Jer).   As I mentioned before, I'm a Guest Designer this month for the Color Combo Challenge Team on SCS and I hope my cards will inspire others to join in the challenge.  This week's colors are:  Chocolate Chip, River Rock and Baja Breeze (CC367).  Three fabulous colors.

I hope you'll find time to join in the fun.  The challenge is posted on the home page of Splitcoast Stampers website (check out the right-hand column near the bottom - Tuesday is color challenge day).  You need to join the site in order to post your cards (membership is free!! - just sign up).  Everyone is welcome to participate.

Here's the first color challenge card.  I used the watercolor spritz technique for the oak leaf ...

"Oak Leaf for a Friend"

Stamps:  Gently falling, Pocket Silhouettes - sentiment (SU!)
Paper:  River Rock, watercolor paper (SU!)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, River Rock (SU)
Accessories & Tools:  Sizzix Square Lattice embossing folder, Big Shot, mini mister, sponge, dark brown suede strip, Stamp-a-ma-jig, and dimensionals

Gently Falling is a 2-part stamp set (leaf and outline).  I inked the leaf stamp randomly with Stampin' Write markers --- about half River Rock, the other half Baja Breeze ... and then added just little dabs of Chocolate chip.  I held the stamp at arm's length (just so I didn't get too much water) and lightly misted three times with water.  I immediately stamped onto watercolor paper.  (I made several stamping and then used the one I liked the best for my card.)

Once the leaf was dry, I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig for lining up the images, inked the outline stamp in Chocolate Chip ink and misted lightly with water (only once or twice) and stamped on top of the leaf image.  Once it was dry, I cut the leaf out and sponged more Chocolate Chip ink around the outside edges.

I ran a small piece of River Rock cardstock through my Big Shot with the embossing folder.  I placed it on top of my River Rock card base to get an idea of where I wanted it to be and then used the Stamp-a-ma-jig again to figure out the best placement for the sentiment.  I removed the embossed piece and stamped my sentiment in Chocolate Chip ink.

I mounted the embossed River Rock cardstock onto the card, popping it up with dimensionals to add depth.

I tied a small piece of brown suede in a half knot at the bottom of the leaf and then mounted the leaf on the embossed background, popping it up with dimensionals to add even more depth.


Second card for color challenge (CC367) ... this time I used die-cuts and punches to make a baby pram and used my computer to print the sentiment ...

"... and baby makes three"

Stamps:  none (sentiment is computer-generated)
Paper:  River Rock, Whisper White, River Rock DP, Baja Breeze DP (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Nestabilities Circles die-cut (Spellbinders), Big Shot, Itty Bitty flower punch, 20 gauge wire, needle-nose pliers, tin snips, white Baker's twine, River Rock re-inker, Crystal Effects, paper piercing tool, 1/8" Baja Breeze taffeta ribbon, Tombow glue, adhesives, glue dots, sticky strips, and dimensionals

I used my computer to print the sentiment onto Whisper White cardstock.  I mounted  a strip of Baja Breeze DP to the top of the card, wrapped the ribbon around and secured it at the back.

I ran the River Rock DP (and also plain River Rock cardstock), through my Big Shot with the circle die-cut.  I adhered the two circle together (for stability).  I cut a notch from the circle and added ribbon using Tombow glue.

I cut a length of wire and used the pliers to curl one end of the wire to form the handle for the pram.  I cut a shorter second piece and crossed the two pieces at the bottom, securing the wire to the back of the pram with sticky strips.

Two Itty Bitty flowers were punch from Baja Breeze cardstock, pierced two holes on each flower so it looked like a button and then covered them with Crystal Effects.  Once dry, I re-pierced the holes.

The white Baker's twine was dyed with River Rock re-inker and once dry, threaded it through my flower "buttons", tied a half knot and trimmed the ends on both.

The pram is popped up with dimensionals for added depth.  I added rolled glue dots to the backs of the "buttons" and added them to the bottom of the wires.

The card front onto a card base of River Rock. 


Here's the third card for today ... and it's for the CAS Challenge - CAS162 - Sketch by Arizona Maine (Angela).  I love this sketch and had a lot of fun making this card.  Hope you like.

"Tulips for Angela" 

Stamp:  Garden Oasis - sentiment (Fiskars)
Paper:  Old Olive, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose (SU!)
Ink:  River Rock, Old Olive, Regal Rose, Rose Red (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Dancing Tulips and Tulip Petals die-cuts (Memory Box), Textile embossing folder (Cuttlebug), sponges, Big Shot, rubber brayer, Tombow glue, adhesives, and dimensionals

I ran the Dancing Tulips die-cut through my Big Shot twice with Old Olive cardstock (these will be the base for the tulips).  I ran the Tulip Petals through three times (twice with Pretty in Pink cardstock and once with Regal Rose cardstock).  I only used the first two layers of the Tulip Petals for this card (there are four layers to the Tulip Petals die-cuts).

I sponged the edges of the Pretty in Pink flower heads with Regal Rose ink.  I sponged the edges of the Regal Rose flower heads with Rose Red ink.

I used Tombow glue to glue the flower heads onto the Old Olive bases.  I sponged the edges of one tulip leaf and cut one down to a smaller size and then sponged the edges.

I mounted the smaller Whisper White rectangle on top of the larger one with dimensionals.  I mounted the framed rectangle onto the card base.

I stamped the sentiment in Old Olive ink so that it would be very subtle.

I layered the tulips and leaves until I was happy with them and then glued them together at the base only, leaving the tulips "free flowing" at the top.  I secured the flowers to the rectangle with more glue (again, only securing it at the base).

I used the brayer to add River Rock ink to the inside of my embossing folder, placed Whisper White cardstock inside and ran through my Big Shot.  I cut out a piece of the "Belleek Pottery" embossed cardstock for the vase and mounted it on top of the tulips, popping the vase up with dimensionals.


BONUS card!!  When I showed my son, Jeremy, the colors for the challenge this week, he wanted to make a card too!  So here's Jer's CAS card - very modern and creative - just like him!!  Notice how just two of the tiles are popped up for interest.  Also love the rounded corners on all the tiles, with the rounding being repeated on the left-hand side of the card base!  Great card Jer!!

"Lined Tiles"


Larissa said...

Gorgeous cards Loll! Love the embossing on the first card. The babay card is really cute!
The card with the tulips is very pretty!!

Love the last card from your son. Gorgeous design!!!!


Anonymous said...

Beautiful cards with great directions!